The striking twin-towered gatehouse of 14th century Donnington Castle, near Newbury, survives within impressive earthworks. It shows the luxury enjoyed by Sir Richard Abberbury, Donnington's builder, whose private quarters lay within it. Both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are thought to have stayed here.
The large defences built to protect the castle during the English Civil War still survive.
Read more about Donnington Castle's history.
Before You Go
Parking: Car parking is available on site with a £2 charge for non-members payable by text. Parking is free for Members with a valid English Heritage car sticker on display. If you would prefer to pay in advance of your visit, please visit our parking payment service website.
Please be mindful of our neighbours and do not block access or lanes in the village should our car park be full. If you are local, you might choose to walk or cycle to the castle.
The car park is open from 7am to 7pm daily.
Access: From the car park, the castle is uphill along a fairly steep gravelled path. The castle ruins are based on a grassy area, which is uneven.
Opening Times: The site is open any reasonable time during daylight hours.
Facilities: The market town of Newbury is 2 miles away. There you will find a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, shops and facilities.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.